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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Vino and Valverde

Vino wins the stage and Valverde takes the gold jersey of race leader in today's 200 km plus "queen" stage of the Vuelta. The Discovery sensation of the race so far, Janez Brajkovic, cracked on the final climb and lost 2:13.

Vino and Kashechkin attacked with 5km left. It appeared that Vino was pulling for Kashechkin to try and put him in the race lead, but Kashechkin didn't have the legs. Vino left him with 2km to go and Valverde coming from the chase group behind. Vino was able to hold off Valverde to the finish to win his second stage in a row. Vino jumped himself up to 5th on GC, behind Valverde, Kashechkin, Marchante and Sastre. Brajkovic is now 7th at 2:05 down, and Triki is in 8th at 2:28 down.

Interestingly, Beltran, Devolder, Danielson and Brajkovic all finished in the top 15 on the stage, but none could stay with the leaders in the final few kilometers. The team is strong, but without a hammer to finish the stages.

Rest day tomorrow.


At September 03, 2006 2:09 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

A rest day? At least Danielson won't loose any more time... I guess he gets some kind of cudos for riding water runs up the hills today. What a way to be for a so-called team leader.


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